Metal Casting Techniques Workshop: Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Time: Noon – 3:30 PM
Location: private home, Dedham, Maine
Host: Lord William of Wyndhaven
Instructor: Lord John Fowler

Lord John Fowler will be visiting Lord William of Wyndhaven to offer a a class and workshop on sand casting. Sand casting is good for one-off or small-run casting in silver, bronze, copper, and brass. He has used it for medallions, buckles, sword pommels & brooches.

There will be a talk & show & tell for maybe the first hour or so. The rest of the time will be devoted to playing with the equipment and materials I am bringing up. I think I have enough gear to have maybe three people working at once, so we’ll have to take turns or work in groups. But if all goes well we should be able to do maybe three batches of three small-ish bronze castings (a buckle, medallion, brooch, etc.).

If you already have a model that might work for sandcasting, bring it, and we’ll try to cast it, or tell you why we can’t! The instructor will bring some models, too. For the sake of time and to make sure there are enough materials on hand, let’s try to keep the student pieces on the smaller side (something with the volume of maybe five US quarters or less would seem reasonable – that would come out to an ounce of metal.

Flat-backed is easiest, and there cannot be any undercuts. The model will basically be pressed into moist sand, and will then need to be removed without disturbing the sand. A pewter site token or award medallion from a soapstone casting would be great. Hardened (baked) polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc.) would be a good modeling material if you want to make something.

We can do silver, but you’ll have to bring your own silver 🙂

The instructor will be handling the molten metal, but you should still bring at least safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. If you want to stand closer, a face shield, hat, gloves, and long sleeves or welding jacket should be added to that list. You could also bring files and/or a rotary tool with cutting and grinding attachments, for cleaning up your castings (BYO safety gear for those things!).

Plain ol’ work clothes. SCA garb not necessary. Bring a chair, if you like.

Molten bronze is quite dangerous so we will have to ask that younger kids not be in the garage for at least some parts of this.

This will all be a bit freeform.

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Fingerloop Braiding Workshop: Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Fingerloop Braiding
Taught by Lady Olalla Tristana and FrouvaHalldis Ulfsdottir

Excerpt from fingerloop.org
By Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa & Mistress Azza al-Shirazi

“Fingerloop braids are braids woven using loops (or “bowes”) of string on your fingers. Fingerloop braiding reached a high point in Medieval Europe and England between 1200 and 1600 CE. This braiding technique still survives today in isolated areas of Europe, the Middle East, South America and Japan.
As points, laces or cords, braids have a multitude of uses. They fastened hose, laced bodices, trimmed sleeves, frogged dress fronts, closed purses and held wax seals to parchment. Modern uses include drawstrings for pants, hair ties, shoelaces, and friendship bracelets.”

If people are interested, we would like to try out some of the multi-person braids that are in the 15th century fingerloop braiding manual that will be available for people to peruse.

As a point of clarification, people are also welcome to come to this and work on other projects that are not fingerloop braiding.

This class will be held at the home of Frouva Halldis Ulfsdottir in Bangor, Maine. Please contact her through Endewearde facebook for driving directions to her home.

Second Baronial Arts & Sciences Championship Rules

A woman and man with crowns on their heads look out the windows of a tall white tower.

Book of Hours by Master of Guillebert de Mets, Master of the Lee Hours, and Master of Wauquelin’s Alexander, Belgium ca. 1450 via J. Paul Getty Museum on Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Rules for the Second Annual Baronial Arts & Sciences Championship to be held at the Feast of Saint Sylvester in the Canton of Basingestoches on Saturday, January 13, 2018 are now available as a pdf download.

What follows is a summary of the competition rules for those interested in preparing their entries.

BARONIAL ARTS & SCIENCES CHAMPIONSHIP 

Their Excellencies Baron Ané du Vey and Baroness Sylvia du Vey, and our first Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion, Hrefna of Wyndriche, are excited to announce the second Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship of Endewearde. All artisans of Endewearde, including youth, are invited to enter their best works for the title of Arts and Sciences Champion. The Championship will be held on Saturday January 13th, 2018 at the Feast of Saint Sylvester in the Canton of Basingestoches.

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items with a maximum of five. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition, and may not have been entered into any previous championship. The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Barony of Endewearde’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.

Entrants will have the following

  • Approx. 3 ft of table space.
  • Access to electrical as requested in pre-registration.
  • Floor space as requested in pre-registration.
  • White table cloths for table cover are being supplied. If you wish a second covering please bring one.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   Rules

  • All entries must be pre-registered.
  • Absentee entries will not be accepted.
  • Each entrant is responsible for their entry and making sure that it is placed on the correct table.
  • Documentation is highly encouraged.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Judging

Judging will be done by the populace in the first round, using appropriate rubrics for each entry.

The second round will be face-to-face individual interviews between the top three entries and their Excellencies, Baron Ané du Vey and Baroness Sylvia du Vey. Entrants may not judge in the competition.

Entries shall be judged on their own merit and not compared to any entries by other entrants.

If judges have a question about an entry, it is their prerogative to send for the entrant to ask questions.

The entrant will be scored based on the entirety of the works entered. Items will not be individually scored. There will be alternate score sheets for performance, written works, brewing/cooking and general entries. The body of work will be averaged from the alternate forms.

Performing entries are limited to 15 minutes, including introduction and will be performed in front of the current Champions and the Baron and Baroness.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   There will be two rounds

First Round: The first round of judging will be performed by the populace. All of the rubrics have been published for attendees to view and understand before the championship (See score sheets below). Meisterin Agatha Wanderer and Hrefna Hrodbjortsdottir will also hold very brief workshops on the day of the championship to educate attendees about how to use rubrics appropriately. The populace will be required to understand and use the rubrics in the judging of each artisan’s work. Each populace judge should expect to spend approximately 2-5 minutes per artisan. Positive constructive comments are highly encouraged. Negative comments will not be acceptable.

Second Round: The top three entries will be announced and will be interviewed face to face with the Baron and Baroness, who will give their decision for the next Arts and Sciences Champion in court.. Approximately 5 minutes will be allotted for each of the top three entrants.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Eligibility: All championship entrants must physically live within the boundaries of Endewearde in order to be eligible for a championship. Artisans who are not residents of Endewearde may certainly display their arts, but may not compete.

A white bearded royal man gazes out the window of a white tower.   Additional Information

All levels of entrants are encouraged, however the competition is designed to acknowledge the best artisans in the Barony. We encourage all artisans of the Barony to enter. As this is a competition, the focus will be on the judging of the entries. Artisans and populace will not be allowed to be present with their displays during the first round of judging.

There will be time before and after judging for artisans and populace to view and appreciate the entries. There will also be a separate display area set up for those who would like to display their work but not enter the competition.

For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact for further information and to have a spot reserved.

A royal woman gazes out of the window of a white tower.   Competition Registration Information

Please email your registration information to Lady Yzabel du Perche at arts@endewearde.eastkingdom.org AND Meisterin Agatha Wanderer at deputy.arts@endewearde.eastkingdom.org with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION

Entrants MUST register by Saturday December 30, 2017.
Scoring Rubrics will be published very soon.

Baronial Meeting Agenda: Sunday, November 12, 2017

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There will be a quarterly business meeting of the Barony of Endewearde on Sunday, Novermber 12, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Bangor Housing Authority, 161 Davis Road, Bangor, Maine. This meeting is open to everyone who is interested in attending. Attire is everyday modern street clothing – no garb required.

You can download a pdf of the agenda prior to the meeting.

If you have never been to this venue here are driving directions to Bangor Housing Authority.

Full day of SCA activities: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 offers a full day of SCA activities.

  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    There will be a SCA Garb Get Together at the home of Lady Admiranda Howard in Orono, Maine. Please note that parking is allowed at Leadbetter’s (Main Street / Rt. 2), on Hamlin Ave. and in Admiranda’s driveway but not on the street in front of her home.
  • Noon – 1:00 PM
    A short thrown weapons practice will be held at the home of Syr Cedric of Thanet in China, Maine (Canton of Wyndriche)
  • 2:00-4:00 PM
    There will be a quarterly Baronial Meeting at the Bangor Housing Authority, 161 Davis Road, Bangor, Maine. This meeting is open to all; attire is everyday casual street clothing.
  • 4:00 PM
    Youth Combat practice will be held at Bangor Housing Authority. If you have a youth who would like to learn more about SCA fighting this is a great opportunity to participate.
  • 4:00-7:00 PM
    Adult Heavy List and Adult Rapier Combat is held as usual at Bangor Housing Authority. Loaner gear is available. Youth fencing is also available starting at 4 PM.

Thrown Weapons Practice: Sunday, October 29, 2017

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There will be a thrown weapons practice in the Canton of Wyndriche at the home of Syr Cedric of Thanet in China, Maine on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Practice starts at 2:00 PM and runs through the afternoon. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor practice and bring what comforts you may need such as a folding chair, water, etc.

Additional thrown weapons practices may be added to the Barony of Endewearde calendar on Sunday afternoons in November 2017 but will be dependent on weather conditions.

Changes for Baronial Combat Practice and A&S Meeting Space: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Photo of armed heavy list fighters engaged in melee battle with spears.

On Sunday, October 29, 2017 the Barony of Endewearde will not have access to its weekly Sunday practice space at the Bangor Housing Authority on Davis Road in Bangor due to another activity scheduled to run at that venue.

Dróttin (Lord) Hrafn and Frouva (Lady) Halldis will be opening their home in Bangor as an alternate location for Adult Heavy List Combat (outside yard) and Arts & Sciences (inside the house). They welcome combatants and crafters between Noon and 4:00 pm.

Due to a scheduling conflict Lord Radbod will not be running Adult Rapier Combat practice that day. If you want to do rapier combat please bring your own gear and bring your own rapier marshal.

You can contact Hrafn and Halldis through the Endewearde facebook group (public) if you need directions to their home or additional information about planned activities this Sunday.

Basingestoches Combat Practice: Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Canton of Basingestoches will be holding a series of combat practices at the General Bryant E. Moore Community Center in Ellsworth, Maine. You can use google driving directions for 133 State Street in Ellsworth to find this multistory brick building.

The next combat practices will be held on Thursday evening, October 26, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Heavy list combat will be offered. Rapier combat be offered if a fencing marshal will be available. Combat practice will be upstairs in the Theater. There is an elevator for bringing up kits. This venue costs us money so please consider contributing to practices.

Endewearde Hunt Updated Information

Illuminated manuscript hunting scene at the bottom of two columns of calligraphy text. Standing upon swirling vines with leaves and flower buds are two woman. The woman on the left in a red gown takes aim with her bow to shoot hares. In the center there is a hare coming out of its burrow beneath small trees. To the right there is a woman in a gray dress wearing a white veil chasing the rabbits with a long stick to scare them out from their burrows.

Royal 10 E IV f. 41 Women hunting rabbits

As the time for the Endewearde Hunt draws near many updates have been posted to the public facebook event page The Endewearde Hunt 2017.

Of note are the following:

  • This is a primitive site. Please remember to bring your own drinking water and whatever additional water you need for washing & bathing. There is no running water on site.
  • Bring your own trash bags. There is no public trash receptacles so plan to pack out your trash.
  • The Arts & Sciences class schedule is available.
  • The Foresters schedule has been posted.
  • There is a friday night fundraiser. Bring small bills in exchange for delicious foods.
  • Please provide most of your meals all weekend.
  • There is a potluck supper on Saturday night.
  • The overall weekend schedule has been updated.
  • There is a Cut & Thrust tournament on Saturday afternoon.
  • If you are planning to bring a Youth Minor (anyone under the age of 18) to a Society for Creative Anachronism event for whom you are not their parent or legal guardian, then you must obtain the proper forms and signatures. This policy applies to relatives of the guest minor as well (for example: siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins).
  • There are two versions of a map of the Hunt event site. The first is a pencil illustration of the site with Hunt landmarks. The second is a file with data points added so it can be downloaded and viewed on Google Earth.
  • The weather is going to be wonderful for outdoor camping in October.